During each of your recall examinations, the dentist and the hygienist, in addition to checking the condition of your teeth and gums, carefully inspect the mucous membranes of your mouth in search of suspicious lesions.
Oral cancers rank 9th among all cancers in men and 15th in women. Men over 60 are the most affected, but these tumors spare no one. More than 95% of malignant tumors of the oral cavity are squamous cell carcinomas (although melanomas, bone tumors, salivary gland tumors, etc. can be found more rarely).
- Sores on the lip or in the mouth
- Growth on the lip, in the mouth or throat
- Red or white patch on the gums, tongue, or lip margins
- Unusual bleeding, numbness of the tongue, lip, or facial skin
- A change in voice, hoarseness, discomfort, or a feeling of something blocking your throat
- Difficult or painful chewing or swallowing
- A swelling of the cheek, the gum that interferes with the wearing of a dental prosthesis